Hello loves, its Lisa here! I’ve been with the girls over a year now and my Loose Women mug has seen a lot of use!
And I’m now looking forward to another amazing year together! YIPEEE!
Life being Loose comes a lot more naturally nowadays. Giving honest opinions and sharing stories about myself with you lot and those incredibly honest ladies has become something I look forward to and find so rewarding.
There doesn’t appear to be any problem or situation that at least one of us hasn’t encountered and is willing to share (which is great as I’m really nosy!)
Of course we don’t always agree (some of us more than others) but that’s what is so real about the chat. It adds to the buzz of live telly. Plus, the fact that I can pick my little girl up from school and drop her off most days makes me realise how much of a dream job this is!
It’s been a funny old journey getting here. I was brought up by my Mum, Nan and Granddad on a council estate in South London and then sent to the Italia Conti stage school for elocution lessons (I was the only kid on our estate talking like Penelope Keith).
Whilst at stage school I was in the same class as Bonnie Langford and Lena Zavoroni, who were good mates!
I used to love making all the other kids laugh - once in English we were asked “What is ‘dependent’?” and I replied in a thick Jamaican accent “De Pendant is what you hang around de neck!”
Safe to say I was promptly thrown out ... that seemed to happen a lot!!
Anyway I did alright. My first telly job was aged 11 in the BBC’s Ballet Shoes, I then joined the original London cast of Annie and played the voice of a Muppet in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. I also came last in Song for Europe as part of a band called Unity (I was a bit skint that year).
I was a TV presenter in the eighties on shows like Splash and No Limits where skydiving out of aeroplanes and abseiling down mountains was part of every day life! Next came a film I did with Gary Oldman called Remembrance and a sci-fi series for the BBC called The Tripods.
I then ended up doing impressions of Princess Diana among others on four series of The Les Dennis Laughter Show, followed by other comedy sketch shows with the likes of Russ Abbott, Jasper Carrot and Noel Edmonds. I was also lucky enough to perform at three Royal Variety Shows and go on to spend three years in Hollywood (that’s a story to be told over at least a couple of bottles of wine!)
I even got to be the gorgeous Nick Berry’s wife in the BBC’s In Deep, appear in Grease on the West End stage and got to meet Michael Aspel's Big Red Book in This is your Life. Then of course I went on to appear in ITV’s The Bill playing D.I. Sam Nixon - a character I played for seven years.
Now at the ripe old age of forty with a beautiful daughter by a man I want to grow old with, I feel I have done most things at least once.
Loose Women is a once in a lifetime opportunity, an entirely female cast who really fascinate me, and I’m absolutely loving it! The thing that intrigues me the most is the passion of the Loose Women audience.
From what I have seen, heard and read you lot are just like us...if only we had a panel big enough to get you all on!
I look forward to us getting into even more mischief over the coming months, now that we know each other that little bit better
All the best